Town Column : West Tisbury
It seems like Christmas in our yard these past summer evenings, the fireflies more abundant than I ever remember. When Mike and I take our dogs out for their "last call," we are awestruck by the lights twinkling and flickering in the air. Fireflies recall the magic of our childhood summers, the magic of the unknown. I know I could look them up on the Internet or in some natural science textbook and learn the facts, but I prefer to stand quietly in the darkness and marvel at the points of light sparkling, one place then the next, for my entertainment.
Molly Finkelstein, who always does everything beautifully, set out a long picnic table in a fashion described by her husband, David, as a "Tuscan picnic." She and David hosted their extended family at their home last weekend, the dinner their last meal together as everyone prepared to catch the ferry and return to life as usual. In attendance were the following: Ellie and Steve Wise, their children, Anna, Henry, and Lili, all summer West Tisburyites; Alex, Amy, and Emma Finkelstein from Wellesley; Steve Wise's sister, Alicia, and her children, Bradley, Ethan, Katie, and Grace, from San Antonio, Tex.; Steve and Alicia's parents, Ed and Susan Wise, from Washington, D.C. The following morning, the hostess left as well. Molly went to Brimfield to buy antiques for her store, Nochi, in Vineyard Haven.
Library director Beth Kramer has just returned from the American Library Association's annual meeting, this year in Chicago. She attended several workshops, ranging from materials for teenagers to current and future trends in technology, and did some shopping, particularly for software that would enable patrons to download audio books. She also told me we have been approved for a 2010 $10,000 federal Reader's Advisory Grant, that includes databases and staff training to better serve patrons. Beginning July 27, Beth will attend a four-day Massachusetts Libraries Leadership Conference at Wheaton College in Norton.
At the library this evening at 5 pm, Sydell Rabin will speak and sign copies of her book, "The Complete Mother of the Groom." Friday, July 24, the J.C. Jazz Trio will perform at 4 pm. Leslie Prosterman conducts her second poetry workshop Monday, July 27, at 7 pm. Wednesday afternoon at 5 pm, Tom Dresser will discuss and sign his new book, "In My Life."
Don't forget the Friends Annual Book Sale begins July 31 at the West Tisbury School.
Ben, Nicole, Violet Cabot, and Henry Warner spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon off-Island attending a PawSox game. At $10 a ticket, with free parking, it is much more affordable than a Red Sox game in Boston. Nicole said the park was very kid-friendly. The kids had their pictures taken with the team mascot and lowered baseballs in pails to the dugout for players to sign. Best of all, the PawSox broke their eight-game losing streak, beating the Indians AAA team.